Sony Xperia XZ Premium Design
Starting with the design of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The front panel will remind you of the old Sony Xperia series phones. Above the screen is the ‘Glass Loop Surface’. The company has used 2.5D Curved Gorilla Glass 5. But what gives it a different identity is the back part which is very reflective. The rear panel gives the feeling of being a mirror in any kind of light. Overall, the smartphone will now also be used to prepare itself. Well, seriously, at first glance, we found the Luminis Chrome color variant of this Sony phone to be overly reflective. However, some people may find the look downright premium. It is certain that if this phone is in your hands, then everyone’s eyes will definitely go to the handset once.
The phone was slipping very easily in the hands. Apart from this, fingerprints also knock, that is, you have no choice but to take precaution and clean it again and again. Maybe the back cover will come in handy. But this will hide the look of the phone.
The phone has a fingerprint sensor, which is found in the middle of the right edge, which usually houses the power or volume rocker. And so is the power button. There is nothing new in the setup. We have already come across this setup in handsets like Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia XZ. In the limited time we spent with the smartphone, we found that the fingerprint sensor worked fast. It was also easy to reach because of the position. Right above it are the volume buttons. There is a 3.5mm jack on the top and a USB Type-C port on the bottom. There is a separate button for capturing photos on the right edge. The left edge houses the SIM and microSD card slots.
At 7.9mm thick, the phone fits snugly in the hands, but feels a bit heavy (191 grams). Due to the weight, it will not be easy for you to always keep it in your hands. By the way, we would like to mention about the advantages and disadvantages only after using it for a long time. For this you will have to wait for the review of the handset.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Display
In the launch event, the company told loudly about the display of the handset. Like the Xperia Z5 Premium, the Xperia XZ Premium sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. This type of resolution is generally not seen in handsets. The company says that it has integrated Sony Bravia Television’s 4K HDR technology into smaller screens. You won’t be surprised if you look at the screen at first glance. Because usually the content is full-HD resolution. But as you explore the photos taken from the photo gallery or camera, the effect of 4K HDR technology will start showing. How powerful the 4K content looks on the screen, we will be able to know only through the review. But the screen is very diverse in terms of colours. Brightness is suitable, reading in daylight will not be a problem. It will prove to be your reliable partner for media entertainment.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Camera
Among the important features, after the display comes the Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s Motion Eye camera. The 19-megapixel sensor provided by Sony is capable of recording slow motion videos at the rate of 960 frames per second. Yes, four times slower than the 240 fps capacity smartphone camera available in the market. For this, the company has used a three-level CMOS sensor. In the limited time we spent with the smartphone, we recorded some slow motion videos. The output impressed us. However, the final decision will be left for review. There is a toggle to activate slow motion mode inside the camera app. You will have two options. If you want, record the entire video in slow motion. Or in a normal video, activate slow-motion capture according to your desire in between. The camera app is very simple and easy to use. It has modes like Manual, Superior Auto, Panorama and 4K Video. The sensor of the front camera is 13 megapixels, which will be enough for selfie and video chatting.
This is the first phone to be launched in India with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Due to the latest processor, there was no problem in any activity on it. The app responded quickly. There was no problem in switching between them. The processor is coupled with 4 GB RAM. In general usage we don’t think there should be any problem. However, the actual performance will be known only after the benchmark results. The inbuilt storage is 64 GB which is enough for the common user. But if there is a need, then there is also support for microSD card up to 256 GB.
Dual SIM (Nano SIM) Xperia Xperia XZ Premium will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is equipped with 4G VoLTE. It also has high-res audio support. The battery is of 3230 mAh which supports quick charging. There is also a Stamina mode to monitor battery consumption. But considering the screen size and its resolution, there is still some doubt about the battery capacity. Which may have gone away during the battery life test in the review. The company is also offering a quick charger with the phone. It is claimed to charge the battery to 60 percent in about 45 minutes. Common Sony features like Smart Actions, dust and water resistance are also part of the handset.
If there is a premium in the name of this phone of Sony, then the challenge is also from handsets like iPhone 7 Plus, LG G6, Google Pixel XL and Samsung Galaxy S8+ present in the market. At least in terms of price, Sony Xperia XZ Premium has presented its claim. In the coming time, it will also be challenged in the Indian market by handsets like OnePlus 5 and Xiaomi Mi 6, which will be available very cheaply from this. And they are also equipped with Snapdragon 835 processor. Now the question is whether it is really a powerful handset. Would it be profitable to spend that much money? At first glance, we would say that it is different in appearance and stylish too. The camera and display strengthen its claim. Any decision on performance will be correct only after review. In such a situation, we will ask you to wait for a few days. But if you want, you can take advantage of some lucrative offers being given by the company by booking pre-orders.
It is to be noted that Sony India has borne the cost of our correspondent for the launch event.